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Welcome

Welcome to St. Alban’s Church! Every Sunday, and most days in between, people gather in this place to worship, to learn, to grow, to share the joys and struggles of our lives, and to seek God’s grace in the midst of our lives. We do not come because we have it all figured out, but because we are seeking light on the way. We come as we are and welcome one another.

On this website, you can find information about our worship, our classes for people of all ages, membership at St. Alban's, and about how we seek to make a difference in this world. We warmly encourage you to join us for a Sunday service or for some of the many other events that happen here. You belong at St. Alban’s.

Please fill out this welcome form to connect with us.

Contact us with any questions. Call (202) 363-8286 or email the church office.

 

Service Times

Starting May 29, 2022, through Labor Day Weekend, our schedule changes for your convenience. We hope to see you during the summer, whether in our in-person services or via Livestream.

Weekly In-person Sunday Service Schedule:

8:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
10:00 a.m. (English) in the Church
11:15 a.m. (Spanish) in Nourse Hall

Communion in one kind (i.e. wafers) will be offered at the main altar, although we will happily bring communion to those for whom steps are challenging. 

Weekly Live Sunday Services are live-streamed on our Youtube channel (St. Alban's DC) at 10 a.m. every Sunday, as is our Spanish service at 11:15 a.m. 

Evening Prayer Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, join us for a time of reflection and sharing at the close of your busy day. Contact Paul Brewster at    for the link. 

 

Directions

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is located next to the Washington National Cathedral at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest section of the District of Columbia.

From either direction on the north loop of the Capital Beltway/I-495 follow signs for Route 355/Wisconsin Ave south toward DC. St. Alban’s is located on the left just before the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a left onto Lych Gate Rd before you reach Massachusetts Ave. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

From any Virginia main in-bound thoroughfare (George Washington Memorial Parkway, I-395, Route 50, I-66), follow signs to Rosslyn and take the Key Bridge from Rosslyn north across the Potomac River into Georgetown. Go right on M St, left on Wisconsin Ave. St. Alban’s is located on the right just after the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a right onto Lych Gate Rd after passing Massachusetts. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

Parking is available on Pilgrim Road Monday-Friday after 3:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also available in the Cathedral’s underground garage for a fee Monday- Saturday and for free on Sunday.  You may also park on neighborhood streets according to DC parking signs.

What to Expect

Visiting a church for the first time can be a bit daunting. So we have tried to put together the answers to some of the questions you’re likely to have and to ensure that you find a warm welcome here. Click on the questions to learn more.)

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For Your Kids

Children’s Ministry

At St. Alban’s, we believe that a child’s spiritual growth is just as important as their physical and intellectual growth. Our goal is to help children name and value the presence and love of God in their lives. We do this through a variety of means – by providing stable and consistent adult mentors, encouraging strong peer relationships, and supporting parents in their families’ faith lives at home.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:00 a.m. service. Starting in September 2021, Children’s Chapel with Communion will be held outdoors on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m. To learn more, contact the Rev’d Emily Griffin.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday.

Learn more about Children's Ministries


Youth Ministry

Four teen groups participate in formation classes at St. Alban’s on Sunday mornings. We use the nationally recognized Episcopal curriculum “Journey to Adulthood," or J2A. J2A has two guiding principles: 1) Manhood and womanhood are gifts of God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned. This is a strong program with over 50 youth participating, many of whom engage in a wide variety of ministries at St. Alban’s. Two or three adults mentor each of the groups for two years, sharing their own faith journeys and forming strong bonds of fellowship with the participants.

Learn more about Youth Ministries

The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God is active in our everyday lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and with each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love. The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all of its members.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the revealed Word of God. In worship we unite ourselves with one another to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer and praise, and to celebrate the Sacraments. The Celebration of Holy Eucharist is the central act of worship in accordance with Jesus' command to His disciples. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 165 countries.  The word "Episcopal" refers to government by bishops. The historic episcopate continues the work of the first apostles in the Church, guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We welcome all to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

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Capital Campaign

06.03.21 | News, Connect, Give

Capital Campaign

    As we consider the real possibilities of regathering, we have issues that we need to address, and we need your help.

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    Dear Friends, 

    As we consider the real possibilities of regathering, the community of St. Albans longs to be together.  We want to sing our hymns and share our Eucharist.  When, we have asked, can we be back in the pews, surrounding the coffee urn, bumping into each other in Nourse Hall?  When can we pass the peace, participate in Bible Study, The Opportunity Shop, Grate Patrol, Children, Youth, and Adult Formation?  When can we get back to the business of worshiping, serving and giving?
      
    Welcome to the Hallelujah Homecoming Campaign!  As the weeks have turned into months and then more than a year, we have learned much more about the virus and the spaces we inhabit.  The pandemic has taught us about the vital role of air circulation in keeping us all safe.  Through appropriate testing, we have examined the church itself and found its air circulation to be good, especially with the windows and doors open.  Unfortunately, many other spaces have been found lacking.  For example, the library and other rooms where we gather to learn and engage with one another lack the kind of air circulation we now know is vital.  Prompted by this finding, we have had an engineer examine our HVAC systems and have been informed that most of the machinery is beyond its useful life.  Moreover, the existing systems have been cobbled together through makeshift repairs, in some instances with inadequate materials or workmanship. 
     
    Before the people of St. Alban’s resume our core feeding ministries, the kitchen needs serious and costly attention, predominantly to replace the hood to minimize the risk of fire or injury.
      
    As we have thought about health and safety, we have also recognized a need for enhanced building security.  To that end, we have decided to install a camera and buzzer system for Satterlee Hall and to convert door looks in that building to a fob or keycard system.  These measures will make it much easier to control and manage access to Satterlee, including the Opportunity Shop.

    It is necessary to look to all our resources, including the generosity of our parishioners, to address these challenges so that we can gather safely once again.  A quiet phase of a capital campaign has been underway for several months relying largely on word-of-mouth.  Thank you for those of you who have already responded so generously.  As of this writing, we have raised more than $1.3 million for this effort.  With those generous pledges in hand, some of the work can begin.  But the work we have to do is complicated and expensive.  We will all need to contribute to complete this work. 
     
    Many of our fellow parishioners have made heartfelt commitments to get us to this point. We hope you will consider what re-gathering means to you and join us in contributing now or making a pledge to this vital need. It is urgent, compelling and obvious. It is necessary for our common life.  Please join the Hallelujah Homecoming Campaign by going online to https://form.jotform.com/211514081958153, and join with us in preparing our church to re-open. 
                        
    Ken Patterson                        Suzy Mink
    Campaign Co-Chair               Campaign Co-Chair

     


     

    Queridos amigos, 

    Al considerar las posibilidades reales del regreso a la iglesia, la comunidad de St. Alban´s ansía volver a estar junta. Queremos cantar nuestros himnos y compartir la Eucaristía. Durante este tiempo nos hemos preguntado, ¿cuándo volveremos a sentarnos en los bancos de la iglesia, a tomar café juntos o a saludarnos en Nourse Hall? ¿Cuando nos daremos la paz nuevamente, o participaremos del Estudio Bíblico, de la Tienda de Oportunidades, de Grate Patrol o de las clases de niños, jóvenes y adultos? ¿Cuándo podremos hacer nuestra misión de adorar, servir y ofrendar?
      
    Bienvenida la Campaña de Regreso Aleluya. Durante las semanas se han convertido en meses y en más de un año, hemos conocido mucho más sobre el virus y los espacios que habitamos. La pandemia nos ha enseñado sobre el rol importante de la circulación del aire para mantenernos saludables. A través de análisis apropiados, hemos examinado los edificios de la iglesia y hemos encontrado que la circulación del aire es buena, especialmente con las ventanas y las puertas abiertas. Desafortunadamente, muchos otros espacios no cumplen esto. Por ejemplo, la biblioteca y los otros salones donde nos reunimos para aprender y compartir no cuentan con el tipo de circulación de aire vital. Animados por este descubrimiento, un ingeniero ha examinado nuestro sistema HVAC y nos ha informado que la mayoría de la maquinaria está caduca. Además, el sistema existente se ha desgastado debido a las continuas reparaciones, en algunos casos con materiales y mano de obra no adecuada. 

    Antes de que los miembros de nuestra iglesia comiencen otra vez con los ministerios de alimentaciones a los necesitados, la cocina necesita una atención seria y costosa, especialmente para reemplazar la campana que minimiza el riesgo de fuegos o peligros. 
     
    Mientras pensamos en la salud y la seguridad, reconocemos la necesidad de ampliar la seguridad de nuestros edificios. Con este fin, hemos decidido instalar una cámara y un sistema de entrada electrónica para Satterlee Hall y convertir los cierres de las puertas en ese edificio en cierres magnéticos. Estas medidas asegurarán un mejor control y velar el acceso a Satterlee, incluyendo la Tienda de Oportunidades. 
     
    Es necesario buscar todos nuestros recursos, incluyendo la generosidad de nuestros feligreses para responder a estos retos, para así volver a reunirnos de manera segura otra vez. La fase inicial de la campaña capital ha estado en marcha por algunos meses a través del boca a boca. Gracias a todos los que ya han respondido generosamente. Hasta este momento, hemos recibido la promesa de $1.3 millones para este esfuerzo. Con estas generosas promesas en la mano, ya ha comenzado el trabajo. Pero el trabajo que tenemos que hacer es complicado y caro. Todos necesitamos contribuir para completar la obra.
     
    Muchos de nuestros feligreses han hecho compromisos de corazón para llegar hasta este momento. Esperamos que tú consideres lo que el regreso a la iglesia significa para ti y que te unas a contribuir ahora o a hacer una promesa para responder a esta necesidad. Es urgente, convincente y obvio. Es necesario para nuestra vida en común. Por favor, únete a la Campaña de Regreso Aleluya y dona a través de https://form.jotform.com/211514081958153, en nuestra preparación para la reapertura de la iglesia.                      

    Ken Patterson                              Suzy Mink
    Co-presidente de la Campaña     Co-presidente de la Campaña